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The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) recognizes and supports the United Nations: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

by mmnationtalk on October 18, 20121603 Views

Ottawa, ON (October 17, 2012)—As the National Voice representing Aboriginal women in Canada since 1974, it is our duty and responsibility to remind Canada that a large portion of our women are living in poverty. Our mission is to empower and to promote equal opportunities for Aboriginal women.

 If Aboriginal women are to engage equitably in the economy of this country we need to be able to live, work and raise our children in environments that are free from poverty. Concrete actions need to be taken; NWAC is currently engaged in numerous economic development initiatives to pull our women out of poverty.

 Following the Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Conference whose objective is to foster networking and learning amongst Aboriginal Entrepreneurs, NWAC is pleased to announce, the creation and development of a network of Aboriginal women entrepreneurs. This network has the potential to engage and support Aboriginal women entrepreneurs through mentorship, partnership building, and experience and information sharing.

 June 2012, NWAC received funding from AANDC to support the creation of a Financial Literacy Pilot Project for young Aboriginal women with a focus on entrepreneurs and those interested in entrepreneurship. In partnership with the Edmonton Financial Literacy Society (EFLS), our goal is for Aboriginal women to become knowledgeable and informed in planning and making financial decisions about their future, understanding the role that money plays in their lives particularly in terms of economic security and eventual prosperity.

 Finding employment for all Aboriginal women, in demand driven skill sectors is our priority. Aboriginal women are dedicated, hardworking and responsible and NWAC is actively seeking mutually beneficial partnerships with employers who are interested in employing Aboriginal women. We encourage employers to contact NWAC and explore various partnership opportunities.

 NWAC supports the United Nations: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and is committed to exploring and implementing innovative ways to eliminate poverty for Aboriginal women. Michele Audette, NWAC President says, “Poverty in a country as affluent as Canada should not be tolerated. We challenge you to take action with us in our fight to eliminate poverty among Aboriginal women.”

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 For additional information please contact:                                                                                              

Elizabeth Williams,                                                                                                
Director,  Labour Market Development                                                                                                           
Tel.: 613-722-3033 ext 233                                                                                                                            
Toll Free:  1-800-461-4043 ext 233
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